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National Air and Space Museum
#3 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
The biggest, the grandest, the best museum with an awe-inspiring collection of historic artifacts related to aviation and space explorations, documents, films, anecdotes and experiments are housed in the Smithsoni...
We highly recommend a visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum as it’s a wonderful aviation museum ~ arguably ther best in the world ~ with many historic aircraft and spacecraft, interactive exhibits...
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Newseum
#8 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
My favorite museum in DC! Excellent, informative, and interesting exhibits with a little more "modern" flair unlike some of the traditional museums around DC.
... exhibits and filled some history gaps in my knowledge Well worth a visit I loved the exhibits about the Berlin Wall, Martin Luther King and also the visit to the studios was very informative Suitable for all ages
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Museum of the Bible
#10 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
There are exhibitions of various topics and formats: stills, sculpture, multimedia shows, things to play with.... it is so fascinating to follow these whether you consider it from a history perspective or Christia...
An impressive narrative of the Bible depicted with collections of centuries-old manuscripts, interpretations, and artifacts interspersed with superb visual and digital displays in a fluid well designed building.
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National Law Enforcement Museum
#14 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
This museum is hosted in a gorgeous building and does a tremendous job displaying the artifacts while also providing a fun and interactive experience.
The memorial, the history, the ongoing change of policing in society and the many interactive opportunities to experience life as an officer make your visit a truly rich one.
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National Postal Museum
#16 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
We loved the Stamp Gallery with stamps from all over the world and the galleries with life size replicas of the different modes of mail delivery through the years, including stagecoach, train, eighteen wheeler and...
We enjoyed the downstairs exhibits most, but also had fun in the upstairs ones, seeing some of the stamp collection and starting our own with the free stamps available to take home with you.
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The National Archives Museum
#19 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
This building houses, on public display (encased) the most important documents in history of this nation and the western world: the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta.
The National Archives' Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, where the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are, is kept dim to help preserve the founding documents.
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The President Woodrow Wilson House
#20 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
... portraits, books, a Gobelin tapestry, commemorative china and autographed photographs of people identified with events in Wilson's administration were bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Following a brief introductory video, an extremely knowledgeable docent from the National Trust for Historic Preservation led me on a tour of the house.
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Rock Creek Park
#22 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
... miles of trails through the woods, a horse stable that offers riding lessons, a golf course that meanders through the trees in a rustic oasis with few others around, and the National Zoo is in the park as well.
There are winding roads, picnic areas, playing fields, walking trails, horse trails (and a horse center where you can rent a mount).
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Petersen Boarding House
#23 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
You can easily spend 1-2 hours looking all the exhibits, memorabilia, artifacts and short audio & video presentations -- many of which are changed out throughout the year.
It is a solemn place to visit but I walked away with a whole new appreciation for President Lincoln's contribution to American history.
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National Museum of Women in the Arts
#24 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
... examples I could give, but the one that surprised me the most was a sculpture by Sarah Bernhardt -- yes, that Sarah Bernhardt -- the famous French stage actress from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Be sure and take this as it has gorgeous postcards of the highlights in the museum, each postcard has interesting info about the paintings and the artists.
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National Museum of African Art
#27 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
And a Beautiful hand-painted Ethiopian picture of war so detailed most of taken years to make, so many different kinds of masks Pictures Items Jewelry and art from all over Africa.
This museum, together with the Sackler Gallery, the Hirshhorn Museum, the Freer Gallery, the American Indian Museum and the Postal Museum, is, in my opinion, one of the least attended museums in Washington DC and...
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United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
#28 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Solemn tribute to the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine servicemen is located right across the street from the National Archives building.
This attraction is very nicely done!!! Decorated very tastefully with interactive displays to educate people about the US Navy.
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International Spy Museum
#31 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
They have tons of artifacts and interactive exhibits about the history of espionage and spy craft; an area that highlights celebrities who were spies, like Julia Child; and a huge area devoted to James Bond villai...
One of my families favorites when in DC Kids of all ages will love this especially adults .. great facts about spies and if you can fit in one of the interactive games especially operation spy .. super fun especia...
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National Museum of the American Indian
#34 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Among the interesting and educational exhibits currently on display are: Patriot Nations: Native Americans in our Nation's Armed Forces; For a Love of his People: The photography of Horace Poolaw; The Great Inka R...
Highlights included the wonderful introductory film about American Indian culture; the current exhibit America about Indian images and stories in American culture; the great cafe that had many different Indian tra...
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The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
#43 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
As a resident of DC I appreciate the lack of crowds and the opportunity to see a wide variety of interesting exhibits celebrating different cultures.
The Ebony exhibit was wonderful and the gift shop is a real find . . .
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Artechouse
#45 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
The main gallery provides a giant, high-ceilinged, 270-degree canvas for displaying large-scale digital projections across the walls or for multiple interactive elements within the room.
The exhibits change every couple of months, but definitely worth a visit!
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The Mansion on O
#47 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
We got a short history of the house - J. Edgar Hoover’s G-men, Rosa Parks, when it was built, etc., then were sent off to explore on our own.
Entrenched in history and filled with historical collectibles, this is a must see and do!
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Octagon Museum
#48 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
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National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
#50 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Located inside the national arboretum, this collection is simply stunning: beautiful, intricate, delicate, arranged, curated bonsai that is a real highlight among all the other gardens and areas of the place.
We wondered about the Chinese and Japanese bonsai gardens finding plants that had been in training since Thomas Jefferson was president United States.
Wilderness Society Ansel Adams Collection
#52 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
The collection is exhibited on the first floor of the Wilderness Society Building between the Sumner School and Museum and the Jefferson hotel.
The Ansel Adams photographs are spectacular for their mastery of light and strength of contrast.
Anacostia Community Museum
#53 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
It helps you to better understand how communities have developed.
We went on a Saturday afternoon to check out an exhibition on Latino artists.
American Red Cross Museum
#54 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Loved learning about its history and about Clara Barton
There are only a couple of tours each day and it is best to contact the red cross for reservations.
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D.C. Fire and EMS Museum
#58 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection Museum
#59 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
It was amazing the different artifacts they had of pre-Aztec items.
Gallaudet University Museum
#61 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
It was amazing to learn more about Deaf culture!
HEARING ABOUT DEAF CULTURE
Laogai Museum
#63 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
World Bank Group Visitor Center
#66 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment
#68 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
#78 of 106 Museums in Washington DC
Black Fashion Museum
#81 of 106 Museums in Washington DC